Ives is part of a 20-member delegation from the Illinois General Assembly who will travel to Groton, Connecticut, for the ceremony. The christening and celebration will be held at the shipyard of General Dynamics Electric Board, and First Lady Michelle Obama will break the ceremonial bottle of champagne on the bow, proclaiming the ship’s identity.
“This new submarine will join the US Navy fleet as the nation’s first ship since 1897 to bear the name ‘Illinois,’” said Ives. “It is a distinct honor to have been chosen to represent our State at this momentous event.”
Ives, along with State Representative Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego), sponsored HR200 this year, which applauded the upcoming commissioning of the vessel and congratulated Commander Jesse Porter and his crew on their appointment to the new ship. Ives and Wheeler also worked with crew members and commissioning team members for the USS Illinois earlier this year to bring a display to the State Capitol. On April 29, crew and commission team members met with lawmakers and with the public and were recognized on the House floor.
“This 13th Virginia Class nuclear submarine will be a real asset to the US Navy fleet,” Ives said. “The submarine is said to be deadly quiet, and I look forward to seeing this vessel as she is commissioned into active service for the US Navy.”
Additional information about the USS Illinois can be found at www.ussillinois.org.